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To rescue the Constitution : George Washington and the fragile American experiment / Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney.

Baier, Bret, (author.). Whitney, Catherine, 1950- (author.).


George Washington rescued the nation three times: first by leading the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War, second by presiding over the Constitutional Convention that set the blueprint for the United States and ushering the Constitution through a factious ratification process, and third by leading the nation as its first president. There is no doubt that the struggling new nation needed to be rescued--and that Washington was the only American who could bring the country together. After the victorious War of Independence, when a spirit of unity and patriotism might have been expected, instead the nation fractured. The states were no more than loosely knit and contentious confederationn, with no strong central union. It was an urgent matter that led to the calling of a Constitutional Convention to meet in Philadelphia during the summer of 1787. Setting aside his plan to retire to Mount Vernon, Washington agreed to be a delegate at Philadelphia. There he was unanimously elected president of the convention. After successfully bringing the Constitution into being, Washington then sacrificed any hope of returning to private life by accepting the unamimous election to be the nation's first president. Washington was not known for brilliant oratory or prose, but his quiet, steady leadership gave life to the Constitution by showing how it should be enacted. In this vivid and moving portrait of America's early struggles, Baier captures the critical moments when Washington's leadership brought the nation from the brink of collapse. Baier exposes an early America that is grittier and far more divided than is often portrayed--one we can see reflected in today's conflicts. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780063039582
  • ISBN: 0063039583
  • Physical Description: xix, 360 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, [2023]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-345) and index (pages 347-360).
Formatted Contents Note:
Pt. one. The making of Washington -- A stroke of destiny -- The king's uniform -- Breaking point -- The colonies convene -- pt. two. The call of independence -- The command -- "Victory or death" -- Washington's crucible -- The final fight -- pt. three. Rescuing the Constitution -- The unraveling union -- The scaffold of a republic -- We have a Constitution -- The people decide -- pt. four. The living republic -- The first term -- The gift of a peaceful transition.
Subject: Washington, George, 1732-1799.
United States. Constitutional Convention (1787)
Presidents > United States > Biography.
United States > History > 1783-1815.
Genre: Informational works.
Illustrated works.

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